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ND delegation asks for extension of fire services

FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- North Dakota's congressional delegation says a deadline for the National Guard to discontinue fire response services at the Fargo airport should be extended.

The Guard has handled fire response at Hector International Airport for decades, but the service is scheduled to end on March 31. That's the official end date of the Guard's flying mission.

Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Rep. Kevin Cramer say local officials do not have enough time to develop a new fire response plan and buy new vehicles.

The delegation has written a letter to National Guard Bureau Chief Frank Grass asking that the Guard continue fire response duties for 18 months, or give the airport access to its fire hall equipment until a new plan is in place.